Leslie Meredith worked for many years as a book editor, most recently for fifteen years at imprints of Simon & Schuster. She began in publishing with an internship at The University of Pittsburgh Press and worked as a senior editor at McGraw-Hill, Bantam, and Ballantine, and as editorial director at Harmony/Crown.
Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, she spent time reading in the beautiful Carnegie Library of Homestead and exploring the Pennsylvania woods. She shared a love of birds, Daphne du Maurier, Rachel Carson, and Lewis Thomas with her mother, an epidemiologist, and a love of history and John Le Carré with her father, an academic dean of military academies and retired Commander in the Naval Reserves.
After graduating from The Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Leslie studied piano at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, before finishing her education at Swarthmore College, graduating with a BA in English Literature.
Over her decades as a book editor, Leslie edited bestsellers by Sy Montgomery, Lawrence Krauss, Jean Twenge, Ben Mezrich, Stacey O’Brien, Mark Obmascik, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Patricia McConnell, Stephen Jay Gould, Christiane Northrup, Caroline Myss, Jack Kornfield, and Thich Nhat Hanh. She is interested in new voices in memoir; in science, psychology, health, nature, and animals; and in spirituality and mind-body-spirit practices.